DigitalGlobe releases first image from WorldView-4 satellite

December 2, 2016  - By
Image courtesy © DigitalGlobe 2016

Image courtesy © DigitalGlobe 2016

DigitalGlobe has released the first image from its new WorldView-4 satellite.

Captured on Nov. 26, the first image shows the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, Tokyo, and can be downloaded from the WorldView-4 microsite. The site hosted events during the 1964 Olympic Games and will again host international competition when the games return to Tokyo in 2020.

The successful launch of WorldView-4 on Nov. 11 marked the culmination of months of planning, including unforeseen delays caused by the nearby Canyon Fire that impacted Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

WorldView-4 is the fifth and most advanced satellite in DigitalGlobe’s active, industry-leading constellation, and will more than double the company’s capacity to collect the world’s highest resolution commercial satellite images for its customers.

The SpaceView 110 camera aboard WorldView-4, and the satellite’s primary payload, was developed by Melbourne, Florida-based Harris Corporation. From an altitude of 617 kilometers, SpaceView is capable of collecting imagery with a panchromatic resolution of 31 centimeters and 1.24 meter multispectral resolution, meaning it will be able to distinguish data points just a foot apart.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.